Top 10 U.S. military news of 2019: NASA to buy rifles, Boeing unveils F-15EX, scientists develops liquid metal and more

NASA will acquire semi-automatic rifles, a mysterious version of Abrams tank was spotted in Romania, and other U.S. military stories you may have missed during this year’s nonstop news cycle.

We take a look back at some of the U.S. military’s biggest news stories.

As the year winds down it’s a great time to reflect on the top stories of the past 12 months. This is the last installment where we look at the stories that shaped this year.

NASA to buy semi-automatic rifles.

First of all, this is a story about NASA, which captured the popular imagination of thousands of people: U.S. space agency has announced plans to buy a lightweight, 5.56×45mm, magazine-fed, gas-operated semi-automatic rifle designed to perform multiple uses under various conditions.

This rifle, according to notice, shall be versatile as well as reliable and shall be engineered for a wide variety of applications, to include military/law enforcement.

Photo by Sgt. Tayler Schwamb

U.S. Air Force scientists developed liquid metal which autonomously changes structure.

U.S. military scientists also have developed a “Terminator-like” liquid metal that can autonomously change the structure, just like in a Hollywood movie.

The scientists developed liquid metal systems for stretchable electronics – that can be bent, folded, crumpled and stretched – are major research areas towards next-generation military devices.

Conductive materials change their properties as they are strained or stretched. Typically, electrical conductivity decreases and resistance increases with stretching.

Photo courtesy of Raytheon

Bell unveiled the displayed mock-up of its new futuristic rotorcraft, called the 360 Invictus.

Bell, part of American conglomerate Textron, displayed mock-up of its new rotorcraft, 360 Invictus, during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) National Conference.

This advanced aircraft will have a transformative impact through next-generation …read more

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